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Tom Magliozzi, Popular Co-Host Of NPR’s ‘Car Talk,’ Dies At 77

This is sad. I didn’t know him personally, of course, but living in Cambridge (not far from their garage) as long as I did, listening to NPR as much as I did, and graduating from the same school as Tom and Ray, I felt a connection. Tom was the perfect foil to Ray’s banter and vice versa, and not only knew cars but also how to entertain. And that laugh! So contagious. It made me smile through the challenges of grad school, and makes me smile still.

The NPR story linked above has a sample of the show, and of course more Car Talk audio, car-related discussions and The Quotable Tom Magliozzi are archived by the good folks over at CarTalk.com. If you have a few more minutes, MIT also has video of Tom and Ray’s 1999 commencement speech.

Never let the facts stand in the way of a good answer.

If that’s not the essence of good storytelling, well. He will be missed!

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Writer and editor Eileen Gunn has a new piece out on science fiction writers and the art of possibility. For Smithsonian, no less.

How America’s Leading Science Fiction Authors Are Shaping Your Future

The literary genre isn’t meant to predict the future, but implausible ideas that fire inventors’ imaginations often, amazingly, come true

An instructor at MIT’s Media Lab “laments that researchers whose work deals with emerging technologies are often unfamiliar with science fiction. ‘With the development of new biotech and genetic engineering, you see authors like Margaret Atwood writing about dystopian worlds centered on those technologies,’ she says. ‘Authors have explored these exact topics in incredible depth for decades…'”

Check out the full article for more on the role of science fiction in imagining, and creating, potential futures.

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In classic MIT fashion Lobby 7 has been hacked, Ender’s Game style.

…rogue fans of the legendary science fiction book series Ender’s Game hacked Lobby 7 sometime over the weekend.

Credit: Hairuo G. ’17

See the link above for more fun photos.

In other news (and after whole minutes of deliberation), I’m doing NaNoWriMo again. Yes, on top of the other special projects I have going on. Feel free to check out my progress in the NaNo sidebar widget. This also means that I will be extra busy so posts here are likely to be, well, not here. As much.

/nano ftw!

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From Phys.org via the good folks at Tor.com:

MIT and Harvard Just Made a Real Lightsaber. So That’s Done.

Cross another dream off the bucket list, because the Harvard-MIT Center for Ultracold Atoms just created a new form of matter that could potentially be used to create real lightsabers.

… and fine, that place up the street isn’t so bad either:)

And yes, I finished those projects I was working on, thanks for asking.

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